Unlike the Gazette’s editorial [“Repeal Maryland’s Death Penalty,” Dec. 5], I am optimistic that Maryland will abolish the death penalty this year. It is time for Maryland to stop trying to fix the death penalty and focus on repeal.
The article correctly points out that there are some compelling arguments to repeal the death penalty including that it is costly, it creates a burden on victims and it demonstrates racial discrimination. Even the execution methods are controversial. Executions have been on hold in Maryland since 2006 due to a problem in how the death chamber protocols were adopted. And changes to the death penalty law adopted in 2009 have created even more confusion about which cases are even eligible to become capital cases.
Enough is enough.
Maryland can no longer afford to limp along with this broken system. It is time for the Maryland General Assembly to follow in the footsteps of others states such as Connecticut, Illinois, New Mexico, New York and New Jersey who have abolished the death penalty in recent years.
Frances Toler, Mt Rainier